ground dove

or ground-dove


noun
  1. any of several small terrestrial doves of the warmer parts of the Americas, especially Columbina passerina.

Origin of ground dove

1
An Americanism dating back to 1720–30

Words Nearby ground dove

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How to use ground dove in a sentence

  • It is not an uncommon species along our Mexican border, but is not nearly as abundant as is the ground dove.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
  • On the basis of our observations at Guam, I would say that the name "ground dove" for the bird at Guam is not descriptive.

  • In contrast, the ground dove at Guam may select a nesting site considerably higher in the tree.

  • Except the southern little ground dove, this is our only Dove.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman